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  1. page See No Evil - Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnam edited ... The Vietnam War "We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and…
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    The Vietnam War
    "We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops...We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men." (Martin Luther King Jr.)
    A list ofFive famous photographs
    1.) A Buddhist monk sitting at a Saigon intersection immolating himself to protest the South Vietnamese government.
    2.) The little girl running naked down Highway I, fleeing a napalm attack
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    4.) The bodies in the ditch after the My Lai massacre
    5.) Americans evacuating from a Saigon rooftop by helicopter while desperate Vietnamese try to climb aboard.
    These famous photographs illustrate the destructiveness of the war. All of which have not been published in student textbooks.
    Many students have never been exposed to these photographs which illustrate the atrocities of the Vietnam War.
    Have you seen all five famous photographs? Do you think these photographs are too graphic for students to see?

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  2. page Why is History Taught Like This? edited A question that pervades Lies My Teacher Told Me asks, " Why is history taught like this?"…
    A question that pervades Lies My Teacher Told Me asks, " Why is history taught like this?"
    "There is no other country in the world where there is such a large gap between the sophisticated understanding of some professional historians and the basic education given by teachers." --Marc Ferro
    "When you're publishing a book, if there's something that is controversial, it's better to take it out." --Holt, Rinehart and Winston

    Textbook Silence
    According to William L. Griffin and John Marciano, " By hegemony we refer specifically to the influence that dominant classes or groups exercise by virtue of their control of ideological institutions, such as schools, that shape perception on such vital issues as the Vietnam War...Within history texts, for example, the omission of crucial facts and viewpoints limits profoundly the ways in which students come to view history events. Further, through their one-dimensionality textbooks shield students from intellectual encounters with their world that would sharpen their critical abilities." By silencing history, textbooks place students at a social and intellectual disadvantage, in which they are not able to fully interact with important information and knowledge that has impacted our world.
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  3. page Why is History Taught Like This? edited A reoccurring question that ... " Why do textbooks choose to silence events of our nation'…
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    " Why do textbooks choose to silence events of our nation's history?" is history taught like this?"
    Textbook Silence

    According to William L. Griffin and John Marciano, " By hegemony we refer specifically to the influence that dominant classes or groups exercise by virtue of their control of ideological institutions, such as schools, that shape perception on such vital issues as the Vietnam War...Within history texts, for example, the omission of crucial facts and viewpoints limits profoundly the ways in which students come to view history events. Further, through their one-dimensionality textbooks shield students from intellectual encounters with their world that would sharpen their critical abilities." By silencing history, textbooks place students at a social and intellectual disadvantage, in which they are not able to fully interact with important information and knowledge that has impacted our world.
    Textbook Censorship
    History textbook authors choose to censor the amount of negative information they place in student textbooks concerning the Western hemisphere, in order to protect Western countries' reputation and people's perspective of their country. James Loewen states that, " Other textbook authors have shared similar comments with me. They want to produce good citizens, by which they mean people who take pride in their country. Somehow authors feel they must strap on the burdens of transmitting and defending Western civilization."As a result, student history textbooks are censored, silencing some events and highlighting others, contributing to the manipulation of young students' perspectives and beliefs.
    Are there any positive aspects surrounding textbook censorship?Teachers
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    Questions to consider:Consider
    How can teachers engage positively in controversial issues with students without feeling uncomfortable?
    How should teachers address the limited/distorted information in history textbooks with students?
    What are alternative ways to teach history beyond the textbook?

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  4. page Why is History Taught Like This? edited A reoccurring question that pervades Lies My Teacher Told Me asks, " Why do textbooks choose t…
    A reoccurring question that pervades Lies My Teacher Told Me asks, " Why do textbooks choose to silence events of our nation's history?"
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    critical abilities." By silencing history, textbooks place students at a social and intellectual disadvantage, in which they are not able to fully interact with important information and knowledge that has impacted our world.
    History textbook authors choose to censor the amount of negative information they place in student textbooks concerning the Western hemisphere, in order to protect Western countries' reputation and people's perspective of their country. James Loewen states that, " Other textbook authors have shared similar comments with me. They want to produce good citizens, by which they mean people who take pride in their country. Somehow authors feel they must strap on the burdens of transmitting and defending Western civilization."As a result, student history textbooks are censored, silencing some events and highlighting others, contributing to the manipulation of young students' perspectives and beliefs.
    Are there any positive aspects surrounding textbook censorship?
    Though historians are to blame for distortion and omissions in the textbooks, teachers should also be held accountable for depriving students of historical information. After all, teachers adopt the textbooks and use them to aid their instruction to students. It was stated that " in most states, textbook rating committees are made up mainly of teachers, from whom publishers have faced no groundswell of opposition." Apparently, teachers like the textbooks that they are using. But why? A national survey of 257 teachers in 1990 revealed that 13% had never taken a single college history course, and only 40% held a BA or MA in history: Teachers cannot teach what they do not know. Others might be afraid to spark controversy, in which 92% of teachers did not discuss controversial issues with students when they brought them up.
    Here the problem lies deeper: students are not only being deprived valuable information from their textbooks, but also from their teachers. Because teachers feel uncomfortable discussing controversial subjects with students, questions that the students have are neglected and altogether avoided. As a result, students are not reaching their full potential, being trapped with limited information.
    Questions to consider:
    How can

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  5. page Why is History Taught Like This? edited chapter 12 A reoccurring question that pervades Lies My Teacher Told Me asks, " Why do textb…
    chapter 12A reoccurring question that pervades Lies My Teacher Told Me asks, " Why do textbooks choose to silence events of our nation's history?"
    According to William L. Griffin and John Marciano, " By hegemony we refer specifically to the influence that dominant classes or groups exercise by virtue of their control of ideological institutions, such as schools, that shape perception on such vital issues as the Vietnam War...Within history texts, for example, the omission of crucial facts and viewpoints limits profoundly the ways in which students come to view history events. Further, through their one-dimensionality textbooks shield students from intellectual encounters with their world that would sharpen their critical abilities."

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  6. page See No Evil - Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnam edited ... The Vietnam War "We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and…
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    The Vietnam War
    "We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops...We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men." (Martin Luther King Jr.)
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    of famous imagesphotographs from the
    1.) A Buddhist monk sitting at a Saigon intersection immolating himself to protest the South Vietnamese government.
    2.) The little girl running naked down Highway I, fleeing a napalm attack
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    4.) The bodies in the ditch after the My Lai massacre
    5.) Americans evacuating from a Saigon rooftop by helicopter while desperate Vietnamese try to climb aboard.
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    American involvement in the war took place from 1965 to 1973. To recall the above photographs, Americans must be well over forty years. "Young people have little chance to see or recall these images unless their history books provide them.” And YET, student textbooks have silenced the Vietnam War, offering little to no information for students concerning this historical war. The little information that has been given to students in their history textbooks fails to show any damage done by our [American] side. For example, atrocities committed by the U.S. such as the My Lai massacre, which was the mass murder of unarmed civilians in South Vietnam by the U.S. army, are touched upon briefly and justified in student textbooks:
    “Because some of the enemy lived amidst the civilian population, it was difficult for U.S. troops to discern friend from foe. A woman selling soft drinks to U.S. soldiers might be a Vietcong spy. A boy standing on the corner might be ready to throw a grenade” --The Americans
    Questions to consider:
    Why do history textbooks dodge the realities of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War?
    Why are students placed at a historical disadvantage in the classroom?
    As teachers, how should we approach the silencing of historically significant issues in textbooks?
    These are questions to consider when instruction in the classroom cheats students out of knowledge and exposure to historical events. Despite the atrocities that history has spun in its path, students have a right to know, even if certain events illustrate an unpleasant picture of the past. Why should today’s future be left out of our nation’s past?

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    Why is it important to view History from more than one perspective?
    If history is written by the winners, what would the losers say?
    How should true progress be viewed?
    What does our portrayal of our nation's history reveal about our culture?
    How does conflict in history help us discover knowledge and implications for our own lives?
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